CAST Software


CAST Highlight provides an even stronger foundation for evaluating IT assets, mitigating IT risks and supporting informed decision making to invest, maintain or retire applications within the company IT Portfolio.



Visual Enterprise Architecture (VEA) has partnered with CAST Highlight to elevate our “Best in Class” strategic services and solutions for IT Management, Enterprise Architecture and Business Process Performance. This collaboration brings together the capabilities of CAST Highlight with Alfabet’s IT Management Platform for deeper application insight. VEA was recently awarded the Software AG North American Partner of the Year for the Alfabet and ARIS platforms. We have combined the CAST and Alfabet technologies to provide an even stronger foundation for evaluating IT assets, mitigating IT risks and supporting informed decision making to invest, maintain or retire applications within the company IT Can your CIO answer the following Five Key Questions about your Application ?

CAST Highlight analyzes software health, cloud readiness and software complexity using predictive pattern analysis. This joint solution extends our industry-leading capabilities and enables direct integration with the Alfabet platform for even greater visibility into software health.

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Question One :  How do we get an accurate view of our IT Portfolio?

  • What is the overall technical debt we are carrying?
  • What’s the overall sizing of the Portfolio?
  • What are the consolidated risk levels?
  • How many FTE’s are maintaining the application Portfolio?

Question Two :  How do we proactively manage our level of IT Risk?

  • What are the mission critical applications among the Portfolio?
  • Which applications represent a direct barrier to IT agility?
  • How many applications are likely to fail in production?
  • How do my outsourced products perform compare to In-House development?

Question Three :  How do we Understand & Control Technical Debt?

  • How much does the overall technical debt represent?
  • What are the applications with the heaviest technical debt?
  • What percentage of the technical debt might disappear quickly?
  • How is debt split across the potential candidates to be retired?
  • Which percentage of this debt is developed by outsourcers?
  • How does the overall technical debt evolve over time?

Question Four :  How we remain Agile with our Resource Allocation?

  • What are the 20% apps that mobilize 80% of my resources?
  • What is the percentage of resources used for maintenance only?
  • Have we provisioned enough skills on specific programming languages to support both build & run?
  • What should be the optimized resource allocation based on the COCOMO II estimate?

Question Five : How do we monitor Portfolio changes to support Risk Management?

  • How do the risk levels evolve for mission critical products?
  • Does the overall Portfolio complexity tend to be under control?
  • How are new standards impacting the technical debt over time?
  • How productive are the development teams, either for in house or outsourced?
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